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How Technology is Helping Build a “Smarter Planet”
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When: September 17, 2009
7:30am - 10:00am
Where: Pinnacle Club 37th Floor– Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, Colorado  80202
United States
Contact: Aimee Charlton

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How Technology is Helping Build a "Smarter Planet”

You might notice small changes
A less expensive energy bill. A package that gets delivered in two days instead of seven. Quarterly school reports available online. But if you take a step back, you can see the bigger picture of the smarter systems behind these small changes: intelligent utility networks, smarter supply chains and digital education records.  Bit by bit, our planet is getting smarter. By this, we mean the systems that run the way we live and work as a society. 

Why now?
Three things have brought this about:
  • The world is becoming instrumented. By 2010, there will be a billion transistors per human, each one costing one ten-millionth of a cent.
  • The world is becoming interconnected. With a trillion networked things—cars, roadways, pipelines, appliances, pharmaceuticals and even livestock—the amount of information created by those interactions grows exponentially.
  • All things are becoming intelligent. Algorithms and powerful systems can analyze and turn those mountains of data into actual decisions and actions that make the world work better. Smarter.

Instrumented. Interconnected. Intelligent. Inevitable.

The opportunity is now. Because the technology on a number of fronts—cloud and stream computing, sensor capabilities, virtualization, visualization and algorithmic models—is here and ready. Because we have no choice: many of our current ways of doing things are inefficient and expensive, and eventually will not work. And because we want to.

Come join us on September 17th to hear from Larry E. Longseth, IBM's Senior State Executive for Colorado, speak about how technology is helping build more efficient and more environmentally friendly systems for managing, among other things, commuter traffic, food distribution, health care IT systems, electric grids and waterways. This vision of a "Smarter Planet" involves bringing a new level of intelligence to how the world works -- how every person, business, organization, government, natural system, and man-made system interacts.
Ticket Information
$15 for CSIA members, premium members receive 2 FREE tickets
$55 for Non CSIA Members

More about the Speaker:

Larry E. Longseth, VP Global Server Systems Operations, Technology Integration, and ITDelivery, IBM
Larry Longseth was named IBM’s Vice President, Global Server Systems Operations, effective January 1, 2006. He oversees a worldwide team of more than 47,000 technical professionals responsible for managing servers for commercial clients and IBM, while promoting the development of best practices, world-class skills, measurements, tools and processes.

From January 2005 to January 2006, Larry served as Vice President, Server Systems Operations, IBM Global Services Americas. In this role, he brought together 15,000 IT professionals from the various IBM Service Delivery Centers around the country into one organization, taking advantage of common skills and technologies in managing servers for IBM and its commercial clients in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

From October 1998 to December 2004, he was Vice President, Service Delivery Center - West. He led a team of more than 8,000 IT professionals who managed servers and provided an array of other services for commercial clients and IBM in 150 locations in the United States and Latin America.
Larry joined IBM in 1976, working in the Field Engineering Data Processing Center in Boulder, Colo., and has held several managerial positions since that time. In December 1996, he was named Director, Distributed Services Delivery, Service Delivery Center - West, in support of the fledgling IBM Global Services mission in North America. 
In December 2002, Larry - who has worked in Boulder his entire career - was named IBM Colorado’s Senior State Executive. In this role, he provides leadership for IBM's various education, community outreach and volunteer activities. He also leads IBM in building relationships with state government and community leaders.

As the IBM Boulder Senior Location Executive, Larry is responsible for all cross-divisional functions, programs and policy implementation essential to IBM's local business interests.  He serves as IBM’s local representative to the external community, with responsibilities for media and community relations for the 2,800-employee site.

Larry also serves as Partner Executive Program (PEP Exec) to Colorado State University in Fort Collins and the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a member of the CSU Advisory Council.

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